AFC East Notes: Anderson, Dolphins, Patriots

With the Dolphins holding the fifth-overall pick, the team may have to make a trade if they want to select quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. General manager Chris Grier acknowledged that a deal is possible, but he cautioned that trade talks have yet to take place.

“No, not yet, because we’re so early,” Grier told reporters (including Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald). “No team has really met many of these guys yet. So I think until everyone goes through the process, as we’ve talked about, that’s when we’ll make determinations on what’s best for our franchise.”

As Salguero observes, Miami is armed with assets. The team owns three first-rounders and a pair of second-rounders in the upcoming draft, and they also have two first-rounders in 2021.

“We feel good,” Grier said. “History shows with the things we’ve done and the picks we’ve acquired and the money that we feel good about our standing and the flexibility to move up and down or stand pat.

“It’s a conversation that sometimes it happens before you talk and sometimes it might happen when you’re on the clock on draft day. Again, it’s weighing. You look at what’s available, how many players are at that position and available as you’re looking at your board. And then in terms of when you’re doing it in free agency it’s just working with the team and seeing what’s best for your organization.

“It’s a lot of conversations. It’s nothing that’s ever done quickly. And in terms of when [it includes] veteran parts you’re looking at salary cap money, how it’s going to affect the years and length left on contracts.”

Let’s check out some more notes from the AFC East…

  • If the Patriots end up seeking a replacement for Tom Brady, Jeff Howe of The Athletic doesn’t believe a move will come via the draft. The reporter opines that the organization doesn’t have/isn’t willing to give up the ammo it’d take to acquire any of the top quarterback prospects, and he’s uncertain the team will take a chance on Jordan Love should he fall in the draft. After that, Howe isn’t convinced that any of the available prospects have a higher-ceiling than Jarrett Stidham, who the team selected in the fourth round of last year’s draft.
  • The Jets are going to make an effort to re-sign wideout Robby Anderson, reports Tony Pauline of ProFootballNetwork. However, the 26-year-old could end up commanding big money, especially if Amari Cooper is retained via franchise tag and A.J. Green and/or Emmanuel Sanders are retained by their current teams. In that scenario, Anderson would arguably be the top free agent receiver, and there will be plenty of teams lining up for his services.
  • In case you missed it, we learned earlier today that the Bills have expressed interest in free agent cornerback Josh Norman.
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6 comments on “AFC East Notes: Anderson, Dolphins, Patriots

  1. gobears

    Detroit would be smart to trade out of the 3rd pick. Get the #5 + a 3rd and a 1st next year to build the team. They could still get Okudah at #5. Seems like a no brainer to me.

    • shawn hemp

      No team is giving up 2 firsts and a 3rd to move up 2 spots lol. Ur delusional. If u get 2 firsts ur dropping into the teens.

  2. triumph13

    Yeah… is it still a no-brainer if Detroit gets the #5 and an early 2nd rounder this year?

  3. fedupnfldan

    Anderson is a team cancer and is not as good as he thinks he is. The Jets need to surround Darnold with solid, reliable players – not malcontents like Anderson.

    • RudyR

      I agree, any team paying him more than a modest salary is nuts. Most teams already have 2 or more guys who are just as talented anyway.

  4. The Redskins at spot two should deal. Two offensive linemen would do more for them than another defensive lineman, however disruptive. After watching a few Buckeyes games, I’m not sure Chase Young will be able to duplicate his performance at the pro level.

    In favour of Chase Young, from a particularly Redskins perspective, is that he comes from Maryland. Against is that Young was never especially a Redskins fan.

    If there’s good draft capital available by trading down, the Redskins should do it. But not on a discount offer.

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